• Decatur Public School District #61 Tardy Policy

    The Decatur Public Schools do not penalize students who come late to school occasionally for reasons recognized by the State of Illinois as valid causes for missing school. However, the district and the state consider a student who arrives late without valid cause, unexcused. Intentional tardiness is considered truancy. In cases where students are late, the district will not penalize students if their parents/guardians call the school before the end of that school day. If the tardiness becomes habitual, building administrators or designee will meet with parents/guardians to determine the cause and then begin interventions to assist the child and/or family. Tardies ultimately equal unexcused absences from 10 school. Once a student reaches 3 or more unexcused absences, the parent/guardian will be sent a letter regarding truancy. A copy of that letter will also be sent to Regional Office of Education. Tardy counts start over at the beginning of each quarter.

     

    Tardy Count/Grades KG – 6th

    School Action

    1 - 3

    Student will be entered as tardy to school.

    4 - 6

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent will be contacted.

    7 - 9

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent contacted for a meeting. Interventions will be discussed.

    10 or more

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent contacted for a meeting. Home visits may be conducted by the building designee, Student Services designee, and/or Regional Office of Education designee.

     

     

    Tardy Count/Grades 7th – 8th

    School Action

    1 - 3

    Student will be entered as tardy to school.

    4 - 6

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent will be contacted.

    7 - 9

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent contacted for a meeting. Interventions will be discussed.

    10 or more

    Student will be entered as tardy to school and parent contacted to discuss disciplinary actions that will range from warning to APR. Home visits may be conducted by the building designee, Student Services designee, and/or Regional Office of Education designee.